Blog Income Report June 2018 : Find out how I made $213.50 through my blog with various strategies.
Welcome to my fourth blog income report! Overall, I can tell you that my attention to the blog took a little dive off the deep end. I had much less time to spend on it which in turn lead to less traffic which obviously leads to less income. Obviously I am not making much income from traffic but it is an important lesson to know that less published posts equal less everything. Last month I created 24 posts and this month I've only created 11. It makes total sense to me why those who are FT bloggers constantly crank out content and never seem to take a break. A dive in traffic is an immediate dive in income, especially during the summer.
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Blog Income Report June 2018
Here are some noteworthy things that happened in June:
- My chef business kind of blew up MORE: If you watch my stories on IG, you may have seen me slowly get stressed out over the volume of clients I am cooking for. On one hand I am so proud of myself for getting to a point where I am able to reach my financial goals I set with it. I also realize that between the business and my passion to turn this blog into a PT income, I lost a little bit of myself. I numbed out into zombie mode and worked a lot leaving little time for the blog. I did what I could but I definitely felt a void in my creative space.
- I had a mini panic attack about not having enough recipes: I left this point in from last month except I had more of an "acceptance" attack. I knew I needed to strike a better balance with the business so I can do what I love more and accepting that means I have to loosen the reigns in the chef biz. I still don't know what that means for me but I am trying to figure out the balance!
- I started seeing social media as a tool instead of a mindfuck: Before I decided to take the blog seriously, instagram kind of ruled my life more than I wanted it to. I took a lot of things personally and it let me to get upset over things that really didn't matter in the end. Now that I have purpose and intention with my social media accounts, it's easier for me to not take things personally because in a way things are less personal... except IG stories... I will unload it ALL over there.
- I finished up my second month with GourmetAds: I still am not seeing great progress with this network and honestly, I feel like I get more with AdSense. I actually did remove a couple ads that were cluttering up my site a bit. I feel like it's worth it to give up the 3 cents I would make. I am still going to keep it in place for now because it's all I can get with my beginner traffic numbers.
- Recipe Development Opportunities: At this point I am continuing to work with The New Primal with a couple different projects including recipe development as paid work. The rest of the recipes I develop with product are unpaid and sometimes are traded for free product. That's how we hustle for now.
- I changed the look of my blog: I've been waiting for some spare time to change my blog theme over to something that has more of a clean look with more white space and thankfully I had the opportunity to do so. My dream is to have a custom web design but that costs a LOT of money and so I will put it in the cards for later. For now I have purchased the Foodie Pro Theme. I still have a lot to learn and customize with it but I am happy overall compared to what it was before.
- I "get it" a lot more: There are so many things that I understand more every month about blogging. I think the most important things I've learned lately are:
- You don't have to have a perfect blog to make money: if you REALLY want to do this, it's going to take time and consistent effort with no reward. Don't let the fact that there are many people doing the same things making the same recipes stop you. People will come and stay for your voice and your spin on things.
- You don't need a huge following to make money: I thought this for a long time but it's not true! I see so many others making a decent income that have little social media following. They are good at getting their content out in other ways like top notch SEO, pinterest or other mediums. Of course having a big following really really helps but it's actually not really necessary! I would like to have the best of both worlds. Great content sharing strategies and a following big enough to reach the right people.
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Blog Income Report June 2018 | Metrics
Blog posts that were created in June: 11
May Adsense Income: $17.69
May Amazon Affiliate Income: $10.98
Gourmet Ads: $9.83
Recipe Development Projects Paid Out: $175
Hours spent working on the blog: 18 Hours Each Week
Total June 2018 Blog Income: $213.50
I feel like I have gotten enough data to say that this may be my average month for right now. I do know that summertime is a REALLY slow time for bloggers and that things really kick up during the holidays. The cool thing is that I have a ton of summer content to recycle next year to create traffic but it also means I need to get my ass in gear and start creating fall and holiday recipes! That is my goal for July - September!
Until next month!
Valerie Skinner is a Whole30 approved personal chef & recipe developer based in Charleston South Carolina that bridges the gap between healthy eating and busy lives by providing simple healthy meals and recipes for you and your family.
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